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Tour d'Afrique pyramids

Mel’s Tour d’Afrique 2020

Mel Bendon will undertake the original trans-continental journey and flagship TDA cycling expedition crossing Africa from north to south, covering almost 12,000 km in four months. A test of mind, body, and bicycle.

Kirsty in office

Girl Child Student Excel Spreadsheet

For the last few weeks, I have been busy working on the girl child student excel spreadsheet, updating and proofreading information on each of the girls Wells for Zoë provides secondary school fees for.

Girls going to graduation

Girl Child Student Form 4 Graduation 2019

I was very lucky to be the ‘Guest of Honour’ at the Wells for Zoë Form 4 graduation ceremony on Saturday 8th June. Not only was it an incredible celebration of the girl child students and the challenges they have overcome to reach their final

Margret and Miriam

Caregiver Preschool Training at Kachere CBO

Attending the preschool training workshop for caregivers at Kachere CBO has been one of the highlights of my stay in Malawi (so far!). It was so inspiring to see how much encouragement and confidence the preschools team give the caregivers – I learned that caregivers

Function in Mphompha with TA & MBC

Trip to Mphompha, Rumphi

Last Tuesday, I was lucky enough to go on the trip with John, Rose, Harisen and Adamson to Mphompha in Rumphi district, to attend a function for the celebration of the Wells for Zoë #1millionTrees project in the area. Malawian radio and television company MBC

Girl Child Students at WfZ Centre for Learning

Child Marriage

Looking back on my first three weeks in Malawi, one thing that has really stood out to me in particular so far is the amazing amount of care and support the girl child students receive from everyone at Wells for Zoë. In Malawi, education for girls

Enyezini Students

Enyezeni School Visit

This week I arranged a visit to Enyezini CDSS to see how the #1millionTrees planting was going, take some videos and pictures of the students and meet Janet, the Guatemalan Peace Corps volunteer teacher working there who initially paid for the seedlings from her own

Uchizi Preschool

Kirsty’s first week

After the long journey from Ireland to Malawi, I arrived at the airport in Lilongwe on Sunday afternoon, where I was warmly welcomed by Harisen who had come to collect me. The scenic drive from Lilongwe to Mzuzu through the many towns and villages was

Village near Mponela well

From and to the airport

On my first day in the factory I saw one of the workers drilling holes into the small and big valve and – having built a CNC router at home a few years ago – I thought it is a waste of time if she

Christmas image 2018 – Brenda and Hannah at Lusangazi farm

Christmas letter 2018

What’s another year? Christmas 2018 This year we had a few big anniversaries: on 17th August we were married 50 years and on 18th August we were 55 years together. Just now we are beginning our 14th year in Malawi. 14 years on, we have brought Clean, Safe,

Lusangazi farm pine tree seedlings

1 million Trees

1 Million trees. In 365 days. That is the goal of the organisation Wells for Zoë. There could be many reasons for doing so. Global warming. Changing the micro-climate. Reducing erosion. All are good reasons. But the main reason is pension funds. A tree that has been growing